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“One Day at a Time” and “Vida” Writers Team Up to Fight Border Crisis

The Latinx-focused series are joining forces to #KeepFamiliesTogether.

The news has been filled with heartbreaking stories about America’s influx of migrant youth in government care, including some 2,300 children of undocumented immigrants, who have been separated from their parents at the U.S.-Mexico border.

Now the writers’ room for two Latinx-focused series, Netflix’s One Day at a Time and Starz’s Vida, have joined forces to raise money for RAICES Texas, an organization that uses funds to post bail for parents arrested at the border.

One Day at a Time & Vida are teaming up to end family separation at the border,” tweeted One Day at a Time co-creator and show-runner Gloria Calderón Kellett. She embedded a photo of the series’ writers team, with a link to RAICES Texas, which has raised almost $3 million. Calderón Kellett also challenged the teams of Jane the Virgin and Grand Hotel to donate to the organization.

Vida executive producer Tanya Saracho posted a picture of the Starz series writers team with the caption:

“In just 6 weeks, upon being detained at the border, 1,995 children have been separated from their families and now a tent city has cropped up in Texas built to detain immigrant children. “We have to do something.”

#Repost @vidawriters ・・・ In just 6 weeks, upon being detained at the border, 1,995 children have been separated from their families and now a tent city has cropped up in Texas built to detain immigrant children. We have to do something. The #vidawriters Room challenges @gloriakellett and the @odaatnetflix Writers Room to take the #OneVidaAtATime Challenge to #keepfamiliestogether & #endfamilyseparation by donating to @raicestexas to directly support legal services for detained separated families, including providing bonds to get parents released from detention so they can re-unite with their children. Will you do it? HERE'S WHAT TO DO: -COLLECTION: Collect donations (any amount will do) from your show’s writers and support staff — and — Get your parent company to match that amount. -DONATE: Make the donation to https://actionnetwork.org/ fundraising/bondfund -POST YOUR CHALLENGE: Post a video or pic of your writers room/staff holding up signs that say either #keepfamiliestogether and/or #endfamilyseparation, challenging another TV writers room.

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One Day at a Time and Vida are not only about Latinx families, but they also feature prominent queer characters and storylines. Vida recently premiered to critical acclaim and was renewed for a second season on Starz, and One Day at a Time is currently in production on its third season on Netflix.

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